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We are the company based in Lithuania – a country in the Central Europe – processing and supplying hemp raw material, and upholding the cultivation tradition of hemp.

For this purpose, we are in the process of building a modern hemp fiber processing plant, with the current investment amounting to more than 8 million euro. The hemp stalks will be processed at the plant to obtain fiber, while the residual materials (shives and pellets) will also be used in various branches of the industrial sector.

Our special feature is the top quality of hemp fiber used for production of higher added-value goods in the textile, nonwoven fabrics, paper, construction materials and composite materials sectors and for biofuel production.

Seeking to extract high quality hemp fiber, we have cultivated a new hemp variety. It enables to achieve a particularly high fiber content of the raw material amounting up to 35%. We strive towards increasing this indicator to 40%.

We provide the quality guarantee of our fiber because we are in control of the entire process: from selection of seeds, their preparation, growing and care to harvesting and processing.

 Our mission is to restore and stimulate the use of fiber hemp in various industrial branches as a sustainable, high quality and organic raw material, while promoting our local products around the world.

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Worth knowing

Frequently Asked Questions
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About hemp: history
What is fiber hemp most commonly used for?
What are the advantages of the raw material?
Ecology
Why hemp growing is worth the trouble?
What are the special cultivation conditions?
What is the processing procedure of raw material?
Is cultivation of hemp restricted by law in Lithuania?
Austa SK: the Lithuanian variety of industrial hemp
Why Natūralus Pluoštas?
All hemp contains narcotic substances, thus, its cultivation is illegal
Hemp production is not in demand
The Lithuanian climate is not suitable for cultivations of fiber hemp
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About hemp: history

Hemp is said to have been one of the first crops in Lithuania. The remains of hemp seeds and products that have been found go as far back as 3,000 BC. For many hemp was an important raw material as it allowed to produce a robust material that could be used in shipping and everyday activities. Historically, this agricultural plant is considered to be national heritage and an integral part of the farming culture, just like flax. Due to its excellent quality, the Lithuania hemp already today is greatly valued all around the world.

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What is fiber hemp most commonly used for?

Hemp fiber is widely used for production of textile, pulp and paper, nonwoven fabrics, construction materials, biofuel and in food industry. The application of hemp in the textile industry has been gaining popularity, where raw hemp fiber is highly on demand.

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What are the advantages of the raw material?

This is a natural and strong fiber characterised by a long lifespan. The textile manufactured from hemp fiber is highly absorbent and provides an excellent UV-light protection. Hemp cultivation practically excludes use of chemicals, therefore, it is treated as organic raw material. The products produced from hemp can be easily processed.

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Ecology

Hemp is considered to be a sustainable and environmentally-friendly agricultural crop, which allows efficient use of soil and environment, and which due its weeds overpowering properties is particularly suitable for use in crop rotation. This crop is highly attractive for organic farms and may be recognised as a plant suitable for green farming.

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Why hemp growing is worth the trouble?

Hemp grown for various purposes is an attractive rotation crop. It is able to overpower the weeds and helps restore degraded soil prior to its preparation for the future sowing.

Industrial hemp does not require a lot of attention and constant care or considerable investments. This crop is resistant to pests and diseases and highly adaptive to various climatic conditions.

Hemp has a short vegetation period and a high yield. Growing of the recommended hemp varieties in accordance with the cultivation technology can yield 12-14 tons of raw materials ready for processing from 1 ha of land.

Agrosfera UAB, the partner of Natūralus Pluoštas UAB, supplies Austa SK hemp variety, the certified Lithuanian hemp species, buys the harvested hemp plants and ensures continuous demand in primary raw material.

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What are the special cultivation conditions?

Hemp has modest requirements as to the soil and is highly resistant to pests and diseases. Its cultivation does not require use of herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, while the fertilisation rates are very low. This plant does not demand any special care and attention, has really short vegetation period and can be planted densely. In addition, industrial hemp has a high yield.

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What is the processing procedure of raw material?

Hemp grown for industrial purposes is certified and contains hardly any of the narcotic substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is characteristic of other types of hemp. The hemp fiber is extracted from a dried stalk, which has undergone special processing. Application of specialised technologies allows to separate the hurds from the dry stalk of hemp plant and extract the valuable fibre.

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Is cultivation of hemp restricted by law in Lithuania?

Cultivation of hemp in Lithuania is regulated by the national and EU legal acts. These acts permit sowing and cultivation of only certified fiber hemp in Lithuania, thus, the farmers wishing to grow hemp must purchase certified seeds. This possibility is granted by partner of Natūralus Pluoštas, Agrosfera, UAB, which supplies Austa SK seeds, the Lithuanian certified variety of hemp.

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Austa SK: the Lithuanian variety of industrial hemp

The experienced Natūralus Pluoštas breeders, inspired by the deeply rooted tradition of hemp cultivation in our country, have developed a new hemp variety – Austa SK. This variety has been granted legal protection and registered on the list of plant varieties protected in the Republic of Lithuania. Austa SK has been adapted to the Lithuanian climatic conditions and enables a significant yield of hemp – at least 35% of the dry mass of plant stalks.

The content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the Lithuanian Austa SK species of hemp amounts to a mere 0.001%, therefore, it fully conforms to the requirements applicable to industrial hemp in the Republic of Lithuania and the European Union.

This species has been adapted to the dominant climate of the Baltic States.

The supplier of Austa SK seed is the partner of Natūralus Pluoštas, Agrosfera, UAB.

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Why Natūralus Pluoštas?

The company plant is located in a geographically convenient area – Lithuania, in the Centre of Europe. It is the only producer of hemp in the Baltics, which guarantees the full cultivation and processing cycle from seed harvesting to supply of raw materials.

The company’s R&D centre has been operating since 2014 and is preparing and supplying the seeds of Austa SK, the top quality certified Lithuanian hemp varieties.

The special feature of the plant Natūralus Pluoštas is building will be the no-waste production. Hemp grown on the Lithuanian organic farms will be processed to obtain industrial fiber, while the residual materials (shives and pellets) will also be used in various branches of agricultural and industrial sector.

It is expected to process about 14,000 tons of produce annually.

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All hemp contains narcotic substances, thus, its cultivation is illegal

This statement is not true. It is important to know the difference between industrial hemp used for textile production and marijuana, which contains of psychotropic substance called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The plants cultivated from the certified fibre hemp seeds cannot be used in drug industry. Cultivation of this type of hemp in Lithuania and the European Union is legal, whereas, cultivation of fibre hemp has been legalised in Lithuania since 2014.

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Hemp production is not in demand

The hemp production is currently experiencing a boom. Use of hemp in textile industry is gaining popularity.

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The Lithuanian climate is not suitable for cultivations of fiber hemp

The climatic conditions in Lithuania are highly favourable for hemp grown for textile production. Moreover, the Lithuanian hemp variety Austa SK has been developed by Natūralus Pluoštas UAB in order to adapt it to the country’s climatic conditions.

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